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Eastern Naval command in operational preparedness mode

The Eastern Naval Command has concluded a month long elaborate naval exercise titled ENCORE to study the Operational preparedness of the navy in the light of reports of frequent sighting of Chinese naval vessels in the Indian Ocean region.

The exercises that concluded on February seventh saw participation of over forty ships and submarines, including vessels from the Western Naval command, Andaman Nicobar Command and the Indian Coastguards. The exercise is to test the theatre level readiness and Operational exercises. Assorted Naval and Indian Air force aircrafts including fighter jets, Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft, Remotely piloted aircraft and Air Early Warning anti submarine warfare helicopters were part of the exercise.

The exercise was conducted in phases to test various facets of war-fighting capabilities of the combat units including Special Forces of ENC to respond to given threat situations.  The Tactical Phase that saw intense action by both the opposing forces helping to validate operational war fighting concepts and provided valuable lessons to sharpen combat skills. The exercise was conducted in real time covering a vast expanse of Indian Ocean Region (IOR) notwithstanding the rough weather due to super cyclone Cebile in the Southern IOR.

ENCORE assumes great significance in the backdrop of current security scenario. The exercise provided an apt-opportunity to test the combat capability of the ENC and refine action plans and contingencies for operations in complex maritime conflict zone.    


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